JMARIES51's SparkPeople Blog JMARIES51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Just a Reminder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Guess I let the winter blues creep into my daily healthy habits, so it's time for some more reminders of how to stay positive and get back on track. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A special thank you goes out to my Sparkfriends that have reached out to say hi and keep me in their thoughts. <BR> <BR> <i... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:16:36 EST Staying Positive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It may be cold, rainy, and grey outside but inside my heart it is a day full of sunshine and happiness. Let's make this day count by keeping positive and full of energy. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:27:21 EST Getting the Correct Balance 2 weeks into 2018 and I am working on balance. It is permeating throughout all of my daily activities. <BR> <BR> I have a tendency to go gung ho on things and then either get bored or give up before I can see any results. I think this comes from years of taking care of other people's needs first and then just making the best with whatever is left over. I catch myself throughout the day in many small ways settling for whatever is instead of actually taking what I want and leaving the res... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:24:35 EST Feeling More Energetic Today Yesterday I took a day to replenish my energy. I took a nice long bubble bath and soaked in Epsom salts, listened to some music, and ate a healthy delicious dinner. One thing that I am acutely aware of is that now that I will soon turn 67, it seems to take my body more recovery time when I get worn out. What I can't understand is how my body can be one age and my mind doesn't feel any different? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 5 Jan 2018 16:18:36 EST Low Energy Day <link><BR>/lowenergydays.html </link> <BR> <BR> I am having one of those low energy days when my body is kind of achy and I would just like to crawl into bed and watch TV or read. I know it will pass, but my head is telling me I should be getting my steps in or doing some stretching. <BR> <BR> I found this article online and thought it was a good reminder that we all have these kind of days. Decided to go to the store and buy some salmon and a bunc... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 17:32:22 EST JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES AND IMAGINE This is my New Year's Wish <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 19:12:37 EST How Being Quiet Helps <img src="">For the past few months I have been working on this piece of crochet called a Spirit of Life Shawl. I have never made anything that was specifically for me, however, I knew this was going to be the piece of artwork that I would keep. It speaks to my Native American ancestry, it was quite difficult to complete, I learned many new techniques of crocheting, and it gave me a huge sense of accomplishment. ... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:34:36 EST Time for a little Motivation <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting myself pumped up to get back to eating healthier and moving my body more. 2017 will end in an overall loss of weight which is awesome. I refuse to beat myself up for not doing more. What is important i... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 16:42:57 EST November 2017 It feels like this year is just flying by. I have been really busy this past month with family and projects that I want to get finished up and have let my Sparking time dwindle to nothing. It actually felt good to get away from being on the computer so much, but I have also started seeing that my healthy habits were slipping away. <BR> <BR> This month I plan to get myself back on track with getting in more exercise. It might not be 10,000 steps. I think I will change it up a bit and do... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 13:29:25 EST Where Did September Go? Whoosh, it's gone. The summer is over, September flew by in a flash. And I was caught up in those feelings of being overwhelmed and at the same time wanting to get everything done before saying goodbye to summer. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness life is full of surprises. My daughter got engaged at the beginning of September and the wedding was last night. They didn't want to wait for a myriad of reasons and I am so happy to see her so happy. They have been together for 2 years, bought a house... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 11:03:39 EST Last Great Days of Summer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has been an awesome summer for me and I hate to see it end. So happy to be down 20 pounds and have maintained this loss for a few months. Great to be gaining my strength back and exercising regularly. And ecstatic to be doing my shuffle jogging again. <BR> <BR> The best part of this summer has been regaining the strength to take care of huge jobs around the house. I have been abl... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:23:41 EST Shadow, RIP <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We lost a treasured member of our family yesterday. My son's dog, Shadow, passed away at home. We think he was close to 15 years old. <BR> <BR> When my son was younger he had a few troubled years and this dog saved his life. He became Amir's best friend and constant companion - his Shadow. The 2 of them went everywhere together and that meant that Shadow met and made a lot of people a... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 10:24:11 EST MAYBE I HAVE MORE RUNNING DAYS AHEAD? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I was feeling especially motivated and strong and during my walking the podcasts for C25K came on my MP3 player. At first I started to bypass it, then I thought, no that has some good music to keep my walking at a fast pace. Well, one thing led to the next and I decided to try a short jog on for size. Seems that my knee is able to take the jarring. I finished the training, did som... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:46:31 EST Feeling the Joy of Summer I love everything about summer. <BR> I love getting up when the sun comes up, opening up all my windows and doors and letting the house cool down before the heat of the day arrives. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love watching my garden slowly blossom from one plant to the next, each one taking it's turn at being beautiful. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 8 Jul 2017 10:31:49 EST Slow and Steady <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I took a look back at my progress over the last 103 days. What I learned is that the first month I lost quite quickly, then the next 2 months I lost 2 pounds a month. This is probably a very slow pace for most people. But because I have a lifetime of yoyo dieting, I am trying to learn how to do this all differently. I want to make sure that the changes I make are going to stay with... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:55:20 EST SOMETHING FEELS DIFFERENT, BUT WHAT IS IT? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am on Spark - I think it is 10 or 11 years. And I have never reached my goal weight. I have started over or picked up where I left off 11 different times. But this time feels really different to me. Why is that? <BR> <BR> I have thought about it a lot and I think one of the biggest reasons is that I have conquered what it means to have patience. I no longer look at the calendar ... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:31:23 EST 10 Weeks of Keeping the Dreams Alive - Completed - Now What? So 10 weeks ago I started back Sparking and committed to 10 weeks of working on my health and fitness and keeping my dreams alive. Fast forward, and I mean fast, that was 74 days ago. The time passed so quickly and here I am still Sparking, still committed and ready to take on my next 10 weeks. <BR> <BR> Much of the past 10 weeks has been devoted to rehabbing my knee after surgery. It is quite a bit better, but I did have a setback when I tripped and fell last week. Hopefully this has j... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 21:37:52 EST Overcoming Giving Up I am always a little afraid to talk about my accomplishments too much. It seems to backfire on me. But I'm really learning to change my habits this time around. I always thought that I was doing that before, but I realize now that I was good at changing my habits while things were going good, but then when I would have a plateau, or face a holiday, or some other thing that would take me out of my pattern, I would throw in the towel. <BR> <BR> My new self talk is really helping me overcom... Fri, 19 May 2017 13:32:37 EST 7 Weeks Done - Gone By So Fast 7 Weeks ago I made the decision to get my health back on track. At that moment it was kind of a whim. I came back to SparkPeople to find that a friend of mine was back here after a break and was doing good. I wanted to join the Sparkpeople feel good train. And I wanted to make it be different this time around. I wanted it to be fun, easy and joyful. <BR> <BR> My Sparkfriend had a great idea to commit to 10 weeks, like a university semester, to working towards achieving her dreams. T... Sun, 7 May 2017 13:56:34 EST WEEK 6 Keeping my Dreams Alive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If there was one thing I wish I could bottle and sell it would be this feeling of what its like to be on a roll. I love getting up in the morning knowing that I have a whole new day to do all the things I want to achieve. I love exercising and feeling my body getting stronger. I love making intelligent food choices that will make my body healthy. And I love building one good moment on th... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:03:27 EST 5 Week Report Card - half way on my 10 weeks of Keeping the Dreams Alive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of my next 5 weeks of keeping the dreams alive. Only fantastic things <BR> to report. <BR> 1. Had surgery for meniscus tear, I am now able to climb stairs, walk down hills, and today I did my first deep knee bend in over 7 months. This is huge because I can finally get down and take things out of the bottom cupboards in my kitchen, get my shoes out from under the b... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:06:44 EST That Feeling of Getting Healthy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I am beginning to feel that awesome feeling when you know you have gotten over the worst part of a sickness, and I am turning the corner to healthy again. For me there seems to be just a few hours between feeling really sick and then knowing the worst has passed. <BR> <BR> During this past week I have spent 6 days going from chills to fever, congestion, body aches and pain. The onl... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:40:43 EST BEATING THE ODDS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK, so I know today is Easter and I should be feeling a little reflective. So I also do my measurements on Sundays. Not every Sunday, but usually at least once a month. Today was the lucky day. No change in measurements for this first month. That really doesn't bother me since I did have knee surgery this month and have only been back to moving for one week. <BR> <BR> But I did decid... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:43:43 EST Into Week 4 of 10 Weeks of Keeping the Dreams Alive <img src=""> <BR> Just a short blog about how my Keeping the Dreams Alive is going. So I have made this conscious decision that I want my journey to be joyful, happy and stress free. Does that sound possible? <BR> I went back and read some of my old blogs from over the years to see if there was anything I could learn from the past. It seems like I have always approached changing my eating habits and exercising... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:51:09 EST Knee Surgery I had knee surgery on Monday and so far so good. Tuesday I was in a lot of pain, less pain yesterday, but the rest of my muscles were hurting from babying my knee. Today I am almost pain free. The knee is very tight and I can barely bend it, but at least it doesn't hurt. <BR> <BR> Got to get up and shower today which is sooooooooooooo enjoyable after 3 days. Isn't it funny how something so small as a good shower can make you feel like a new person? On Monday I will have my post op appoi... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 16:48:57 EST Giving Up The Struggle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep, that's right. I am giving up the struggle. Today I am welcoming the ease, the joy, the enjoyment, the balance, the life-giving energy of loving my body. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today I am beginning to trust my body as I have never trusted it before. My body knows what it requires to be healthy. It ... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 12:17:41 EST Day 12 Spark Streak <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I needed a couple of reminders today. This is day 12 of 10 weeks of keeping my dreams alive. Everyday I feel a little stronger, but the old fears creep in all the time. I am working on squashing out those fears, but they have had so many years of practice that I know I have to be pretty darn strong to squash out that chatter. <BR> <BR> I am also working on something else that is really d... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:54:20 EST Motivation - NEED TO GET MOVING <img src=""> <BR> Some mornings are going to be more difficult to get started. I am having one of these types of mornings this morning. So I decided to get a jump start with some motivational pictures and sayings. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thank goodness I am on a one week roll, but just having a bit of low energy. There is a small part ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:08:01 EST FILLING MY HEAD WITH LOTS OF POSITIVE <img src="">House is all cleaned up after family party. <BR> <BR> <img src="">Food was healthy. I didn't overeat. <BR> <BR> <img src="">Feeling pretty proud that I stuck with my plan for a healthy gathering with the ones I love. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:20:01 EST I Refuse In my 10 weeks of keeping my dreams alive, I refuse to let a family lunch become an obstacle. I have already planned out a healthy salad for our main meal and fruit salad for dessert. I even warned everybody that there will be no cookies, candy, cakes, etc. Nothing but healthy with healthy leftovers. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:07:55 EST Gaining Momentum When I stay focused and on track, it helps me gain momentum. And in turn I feel much more motivated to push myself - which also keeps me on track and focused. It feels like a big circle of positive energy that I want to keep rolling and gaining momentum. <BR> <BR> How do I start the momentum going? Sometimes it just requires the JUST DO IT approach. Often I have felt that I didn't want to do something, such as exercise. But then I push myself to start and after a few minutes the moment... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:44:52 EST The Word of the day is FOCUS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am once again borrowing from <em>223</em> Lifechangz who wrote a blog about staying focused. Of course this is not a new concept at all, just one that I need to remind myself of, especially right now while I am creating momentum. This is day 3 for me to keep myself focused on my dreams. My main dream is about losing weight and getting in shape. So I want to keep myself focused on wh... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:54:43 EST 10 WEEKS OF DREAMING <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks to my Sparkfriend Lifechangz I have committed to 10 weeks of dreaming. It's interesting how when life hits full on, I have a tendency to give up on my dreams. I guess I just go into survivor mode and just do the activities of daily living without even bothering to think about whether I am feeling joy. And without thinking about it, I give up my dreams. <BR> <BR> So for the next ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:45:30 EST Committing to the Next Few Minutes That feeling of starting over can be so discouraging at times. This is where I am at right now at this moment. I feel angry at myself for veering off course for so long. I feel frustrated that I regained all the weight I lost. I feel weak for not having maintained my exercise regimen and now I have to work hard again to feel strong. I feel demoralized for letting myself down. OK - I GOT THAT OUT OF THE WAY. <img src=" Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:08:46 EST 2017 Looking Forward to Staying Healthy Wow, I can't believe it has been a year since I last blogged. Time really goes by so quickly, especially as we get older. <BR> <BR> Shortly before Christmas I had a total hysterectomy. Thank goodness nothing turned out to be cancerous and I am feeling so much better. In a couple weeks I will be able to return to total working out and I am looking forward to it. It is so funny how something you don't like doing all of a sudden becomes an obsession when someone tells you that you can't d... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:28:09 EST My Affirmations for Spark Guy's Challenge I have always been a big believer in positive affirmations and I am not sure why I have never tried writing out affirmations everyday for 6 months in order to achieve my weight loss goals. But I am now going do this for the challenge and am excited to see how it works for me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:00:42 EST I am the Motivation I Need <img src=""> <BR> This morning I was looking for a quote that would rev up my motivation. Some days I need a kick in the butt, other days I need a spiritual quote to keep me going. Sometimes I like to have something beautiful or sweet to think about. But today I needed to just know that I had everything inside of me that will keep me going. <BR> <BR> This week I have been thinking a lot about how I am and conti... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:16:57 EST The Joy of Walking <img src=""> I am so fortunate that I have a couple of great walking buddies. We walk 1/2 hour everyday (weather permitting). There are so many wonderful things that walking does for me but probably the most important thing is that it clears my mind. Sometimes I feel like I have a bit of anxiety when I get up in the morning, but after just a few minutes of walking I can feel that anxious feeling melt away. <BR> ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:10:55 EST Juicing vs Smoothies <link><BR>nding-facts/ </link> <BR> <BR> We recently purchased a Nutri Bullet and I was a bit disappointed because I have always been under the impression that juicing is better than blending. So I decided to do a little research on this subject. <BR> <BR> Personally I think that I feel more satisfied from drinking smoothies. I can add protein powder and I like knowing that all of the fiber is part of my diet. But then I watched a video on juicing... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 13:37:15 EST Time to Start Sparking Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been kind of struggling keeping myself on track lately, so I know it is time for me to get back to sparking. Will blog more later when I have time. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great day. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:25:14 EST Begin Each Day With New Enthusiasm <img src=""> <BR> I just came across this quote and thought it is perfect. No matter if today was fantastic or not, once you go to bed, it is over. Each day gives us another day to start fresh and new. How lucky can we be? <BR> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:10:39 EST The Other Side of Recovery <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recently I was listening to a speaker talk about food addiction and how you can recognize that you have a food addiction. Of course none of this was new information for me because I have read almost every book on dieting, food addiction, binging, purging, etc. This has been the focus of my life for more than 55 years now, so I could probably write the book on most of these subjects. <BR>... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:17:28 EST I am that I am <img src=""> <BR> Today I am grateful that I am healthy, happy, and feeling the positive vibes. The most wonderful thing is that life is flowing freely. Good food, exercise, enough hydration makes me feel so alive. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:36:52 EST Getting Myself Back on Track 8/1/2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been ignoring my healthy lifestyle for a few months and I set today as the day to get myself back on track. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:40:08 EST A Little Tuesday AM Motivation <img src=""> <BR> I love waking up early and realizing how wonderful it is that I have a full new day to make little changes that will make me a little healthier than I was yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Changes don't have to be huge. They can be tiny little baby steps, like adding 2 minutes of lifting weights, or parking your car farther away from the store, taking the sta... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:19:21 EST Feeling Healthy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am on a campaign to get my blood pressure under control. Last week I was given a prescription for blood pressure medication and I had a really bad allergic reaction to it, plus I felt really terrible during the 4 days that I took it. This was a real eye opener to me. Because of how horrible I felt, I am much more motivated to get my blood pressure under control by the most natural means possible. This means ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:45:07 EST Blood Pressure For the past few days I have not been feeling very good. I couldn't put my finger on what wasn't quite right until this morning I decided to take my blood pressure. It was slightly elevated. I have been taking some antihistamines for the spring allergies and I think this is causing my blood pressure to rise a bit. <BR> <BR> It is amazing that just a few points can really change how a person feels. I have watched people who suffer from HBP over the years and have always thought that they... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:24:37 EST Granddaughters <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday my granddaughters met each other for the first time. They are 3 1/2 years apart so it will be awhile before they start playing together. It was so much fun to see how excited Anna (the older one) was to hold her cousin Ayla. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:00:02 EST What I Have Learned This Month <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has been an interesting month of learning for me about my emotional eating. After being on the Dr Oz Total 10 for 2 weeks, I slowly added foods back into my diet. That all went pretty well until I added in bread. Then all of the cravings started up again. I tried to do this all methodically so that I could learn what pushes my craving buttons and it definitely is simple carbs. When I eat just a small am... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:37:43 EST Dr Oz Total 10 Transition Just a quick note to say a few words about the Total 10 transition. I have added just a few foods back into my meals and so far haven't had any ill effects. I have added 1 piece of whole wheat, whole grain bread to breakfast, and a very small amount of brown rice to lunch or dinner. And also I have added a couple meals with a small amount of cheese and milk. <BR> <BR> What I have noticed is that I started having some carb cravings after adding the bread back into my meals. It hasn't be... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 17:46:25 EST